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Doctoral Candidates

Juan Almarza Anwandter is an architect, graduated from Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso, Chile (Dipl.-Ing. 1997) and holds a master's degree in Arts Theory and History from Universidad de Chile, 2014. He has developed his academic career as Professor of Architectural design and theory in different Chilean universities, focusing his interests mainly in the field of aesthetics and semiotics. Currently he is a PhD candidate in the department of Architectural Theory at TU Berlin.

Lunchtime Lecture #8

Working Title of Dissertation:
Nietzsche, Architecture and the Language of "Grand Style"

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Wilfried Bohm, born and raised in Namibia, studied architecture at the TH Darmstadt, Canterbury College of Art (BArch) and Edinburgh College of Art (Dipl Arch). Since graduating in 1985, he has worked in Scotland, England and South Africa, as an architect, construction manager and university teacher, and now at universities in Cape Town. He is currently doing his doctorate in the field of architectural theory at the TU Berlin with the subject: "Navigating aperspective space". The aim of the work is to explore the spatial concept and spatial experience of Scharoun's postwar architecture in the context of contemporary developments in philosophy and the arts.

Working Title of Dissertation:
Navigating aperspective space

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Jan Bovelet, Dipl.-Ing., Mag. phil.

Lehrbeauftragter des Fachgebiets 

Working Title of Dissertation:
Grundlinien einer Epistemologie der Gebäudedatenmodellierung/BIM

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Zorica Međjo finished bachelor and master studies in architecture at the University of Belgrade. After her graduation in 2011 she has worked in several architectural offices in Serbia, Brazil and Germany. Her work has been exhibited e.g. at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, at the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade and at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Iaac) in Barcelona. She was teaching associate at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade and lecturer at the Laboratory for Integrative Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. Since 2014 Zorica is working on her PhD thesis "Aesthetics of Porousness: The Porous Spaces in Collective Housing" at the Institute of Architecture at TU Berlin with the grant from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Working Title of Dissertation:
Aesthetics of Porousness: The Porous Spaces in Collective Housing

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Sandra Meireis, Dipl.-Ing. M.A. Sandra Meireis graduated in architecture and design from the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (diploma), Tallinn and Paris, and in the MA programme History and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association, London (M.A.). She taught in the Department of Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, ABK Stuttgart and in the Department of International Urbanism / MSc programme Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart. Currently she holds a position as research associate at the Chair of Architectural theory, TU Berlin, conducting her doctoral research on the social relevance of architectural micro-utopias, with a strong emphasis on political and critical theory.

 Lunchtime Lecture #7

Working Title of Dissertation:
Urbanes Denken re-politisiert

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Dirk Moench studied architecture at the Technical University Berlin, the University of São Paulo, and at Tongji University Shanghai. After spending several years working for international practises, he founded the studio INUCE, based in Fuzhou, in the South of China. His work as designer and planner focuses on the fields of religious architecture and urban regeneration of historic districts in the context of the rapid urbanisation of the Chinese environment. Apart from his professional engagement, he serves as Associate Professor at Fuzhou University, where he teaches architectural and urban design, and regularly publishes articles in Chinese cultural magazines. Since 2017 he has been working on his dissertation at the Department of Architectural Theory, which aims at exploring the placement and formal articulation of contemporary Chinese churches in light of the unique interplay between Christian identity, government control and public perception.

Working title of the dissertation:
Die Artikulation und Wirkung christlicher Kirchen innerhalb der zeitgenössischen chinesischen Stadt

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Marco Paladines studied sociology at the Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito (Dipl.-Soz. 2012) and Social Sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin (M.A. 2016). In his master's thesis he dealt with the theoretical grounding of architecture as a medium for socialisation and atmosphere as the subject of a sociological perception aesthetic. The aim of his doctorate is to pursue the expressive connection between architecture and society. To do so, he examines the recent changes in Bolivian society and the origins of Neoandine architecture in the city of El Alto.

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Benjamin Alexander Rieß was born in 1981 in Bayreuth and grew up there. He first completed an apprenticeship in graphic design at the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Schule Berlin, before completing his architecture studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna as well as at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna between 2005 and 2013. Since 2016 he has been researching as a PhD candidate Professor Jörg Gleiter at the Institute for Architectural Theory of the TU Berlin.

Working title of the dissertation:
Psychoanlalytics in Architectural Theories in Case of Adolf Loos and Sigmund Freud

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Ozan Soya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Izmir Institute of Technology and a degree of M.Sc. from the program of History of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. His master thesis Modernism in Italian and Turkish Architectures during The Interwar Period is a comparative study contemplating how modernism interacted with architectural traditions of Italy and Turkey between the two world wars. After working as an architect for several architectural offices in Istanbul, Ozan Soya has developed an academic career following his master studies and he currently teaches at Başkent University in Ankara. As a Ph.D. candidate, his doctoral research at TU Berlin focuses on contemporary tectonics and its relationship with globalism, specifically the architectural theory of Rem Koolhaas.

Title of the dissertation:
“Tectonics of the Global: Culture of Construction in the Architectural Theory of Rem Koolhaas”

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Eirini Tavernaraki is a PhD Candidate in Architectural Theory at Technische Universität Berlin and an Architect Engineer (Dipl.-Ing). She studied  Architecture at National Technical University of Athens (diploma) and completed Postgraduate studies in Architectural history, theory and criticism (N.T.U.A). There she taught in the Department of Architectural Language-Communication-Design. She has cooperated with several architectural firms in Greece. Her research focuses on the formation of squatted space.

Research Topic:
Space-Squat-Augmented Structures. A study on the mechanisms of the formation of squatted space.

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Rassul Wassa Studied architecture & visual communication at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg, with the degree (Dipl. Ing) in the Department of Architecture.  The professional career initially led to graphic design in companies such as Kabel New Media and BBDO InterOne, and finally back to architecture. Rassul Wassa worked for some architectural offices, among others for Zaha Hadid. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis at the Department of Architectural Theory of the TU Berlin on the Topic: “The social differentiation of architecture- a form- and system-theoretical observation of the architecture”. The aim of the work is, besides the representation of the historical differentiation of architecture and its present purpose, also to provide evidence for the aesthetic function of architecture and understand this within the functionally differentiated society as at least potentially emancipatory.

Working Title of Dissertation:
The social differentiation of architecture- a form- and system-theoretical observation of the architecture

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Stefan Wilke studierte freie Kunst an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar und an der School des Art Institute of Chicago. Von 2007 bis 2012 war er Lehrbeauftragter für Videokunst an der Universität Erfurt. Seit 2012 ist er Lehrer für Kunst und Spiel in Berlin.

Lunchtime Lecture #6

Working Title of Dissertation:
Spuren der Moderne

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